Michigan was lacking a signee from Ohio in the 2020 class but is making up for it in the 2021 class. The staff has added its second get out of the Buckeye state and the second out of Northmont as S Rod Moore has committed to the Wolverines.
Another versatile, rangy defensive back for Don Brown and Mike Zordich. Moore is a centerfield free safety that can read the quarterback well, come up and make plays in the box, and match up with both receivers and tight ends in coverage. He has good speed and isn’t afraid to tackle and has a nose for the ball. Shows the ability to shed blockers, takes good angles and shoot the gaps to make plays in the backfield in run support. He’ll be a dynamic addition to the secondary.
Michigan went back to Northmont for the second time in this class and third time since 2019, after landing the commitment of 2021 WR Markus Allen and signing 2019 DE Gabe Newburg. But Moore choosing Michigan had a lot more involved than joining his teammates in Ann Arbor.
This was a pretty quick recruitment. Michigan offered Moore in mid-March and quickly moved him up their list to top target status at the safety position. A standout on the field and in the classroom, the well-rounded pitch that the University of Michigan and its football program offer was an easy selling point for new safeties coach Bob Shoop and Don Brown.
Moore announced his commitment to the Wolverines in early May during the Coronavirus pandemic, adding another athletic safety to the Michigan depth chart following the elite haul pulled in 2020.
- Height: 5’11”
- Weight: 180lbs
- Hometown (School): Clayton, OH (Northmont)
- Notable Offers: Notre Dame, Wisconsin, Iowa, Cincinnati, Kentucky
- Rankings: Rivals (3*) – 247Sports (3*, #21 S) – ESPN (3*, #28 S)
- Composite Ranking: Three-star, #378 Overall, #22 S, #12 in Ohio
As for the Rest of the Class
Moore is the 13th overall commitment of the class, the first safety, and the second commit out of Ohio. Michigan didn’t need a big haul at the position so it wouldn’t be surprising to see this be it at safety. Donovan McMillon was another name high on the list. As for Ohio, WR Lorenzo Styles and RB Corey Kiner are still on the board though both are trending elsewhere.
What could be coming next? There are reports of OG Drew Kendall and LB Junior Colson both announcing in the near future. Michigan is in great shape for both.
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